Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Vale Frank Roberts; State Funeral for Former Lismore Boxer

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Vale Frank Roberts; State Funeral for Former Lismore Boxer

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THE tributes came from almost 20 speakers and in as many forms, but they had a common theme.

Former Lismore boxer Frank Roberts was much loved, well regarded and highly respected.

The State funeral for Francis (Frank) Roy Roberts at Armidale yesterday produced an outpouring of emotion.

While Roberts was a champion boxer and Australia's first Indigenous Olympian, it was his subsequent life as a husband, father, mentor and friend that was the focus of most tributes:

C[pounds sterling]A deeply committed family man.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]A compassionate man with a big heart.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]A great Australian.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]A special bloke.C[yen]

More than 400 people packed into the Armidale Town Hall while hundreds of others sat or stood outside in the street, where amplifiers relayed the tributes being offered inside.

The stage area had a backdrop of the Aboriginal flag and a large projected image of Roberts, while family photographs were arrayed along the front. …

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